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Abandoned oil and gas wells wells a major source of methane #Fracking #NatGas #Gasland

Abandoned oil and gas wells wells a major source of methane #Fracking #NatGas #Gasland

An improved understanding of abandoned oil and gas wells as a methane emission source may help bridge the current gap in local, regional, and global methane budgets. Three million abandoned oil and gas wells in the US appear to be leaking substantial amounts of the powerful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, a study by Princeton University reveals. "The research indicates that this is a source of methane that should not be ignored" , said Michael Celia , Professor of both Environmental Studies and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton, adding "We need to determine how significant it is on a wider basis." The study, 'Direct measurements of methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania ', estimates that methane emissions from abandoned wells will increase total emissions to double that of the oil and gas industry's current output, con...

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